"Turkey is why you are here"—indeed, sir. Turkey, yes; PIE, YES YES YES. And salad, no! Screw salad on this day!
And yes, GIVE THANKS: We have so much to be thankful for this November, besides just being alive with a plate of turkey in front of us and family and/or friends around us—which is pretty much a miracle all by itself.
But Sam Sifton is wrong about appetizers. Nothing heavy—maybe just some olives, a little cheese—but to decree "no appetizers" is UN-AMERICAN, SAM.